If you don’t already have plans for Labor Day weekend, Team Red Lizard might have just the adventure you need. The Timberline Trail around Mt Hood is 40 miles long and has 11,000 feet of gain, but when you break it into a 3-day, 2-night, outing, it becomes a doable run and a fun opportunity to hang out with some friends and fellow runners.
All of the details for this adventure can be found on the message board. Link to thread And if you doubt the fact the scenery might not be worth giving up your 3-day weekend for, check out these photos from the 3-day run in 2007 or this set of photos from the last time I ran it in a day.
The scenery itself makes it worthwhile for me, but I have to say that having the opportunity to spend time hanging out with fellow runners is one of the best parts of this adventure. Sure, we’re out sleeping in tents and probably all have a hint of campfire smoke smell to us… but it’s not often we get to hang out with our running buddies for a prolonged period of time.
I’ll paint the scene for you. 13-16 miles of running a day really only takes 3-4 hours, even if you are taking your time, enjoying the scenery, snapping pictures, etc. That means even if we sit around camp in the morning enjoying a large breakfast around the campfire and a second (or event third) cup of coffee, hitting the trail by 10am still means we roll into camp around 2pm. It’s warm, but there is a cold beer waiting for us. Splash off in the creek or take a hot shower (yes, I actually have a portable stall and instant hot shower), then spend the afternoon hanging out. Sharing stories around the camp fire, playing games, checking out the photos from the day… plus some great food.
Cold beer and good food. That’s right, this is car camping at its finest. We’ll have a support crew transporting tents, sleeping bags, pillows, and other supplies from one camp to the next. So, we will have all the fixin’s for some good eatin’.
I know I’m excited to do this again after a 5-year break from our last 3-day Hood adventure. We’ve got a great group prepared to join for this adventure, but there is always room for one more. If any of this sounds appealing, post in the thread on the message board and plan to join us!